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Small Business Resources


  • US Small Business Administration (SBA):


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.


  • SCORE (Small Business Mentors/Counselors):      


The Nashville SCORE chapter provides business mentoring services and educational workshops to entrepreneurs and business owners located in the 30 counties comprising middle Tennessee.


  • University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (UT PTAC):


The University of Tennessee, Center for Industrial Services (CIS), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (UT PTAC) assists Tennessee businesses to compete successfully in federal, state and local government contracting. UT PTAC has provided these services since 1986. UT PTAC is funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Defense administered through a cooperative agreement between the Department of Defense - Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the University of Tennessee.


  • Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC):


For over 30 years, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) network has been empowering small business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals with a business idea to innovate new products and services that compete in the global marketplace. We are a network of certified professional business counselors conveniently located in a community near you. We have 20 various locations; 14 of which are service centers, 5 are satellite offices, and 1 is an affiliate office.


  • System for Award Management (SAM):


The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. There is no cost to use SAM. You can use this site for FREE to:

·        Register to do business with the U.S. government

·        Update or renew your entity registration

·        Check status of an entity registration

·        Search for entity registration and exclusion records


  •  Federal Business Opportunities (FBO / Fed Biz Opps):


FedBizOpps, or FBO, is the Federal government's website that posts all Federal procurement opportunities with a value over $25,000.


  • US Army Corps of Engineers – Nashville District – Small Business Office:


The Small Business Office develops small businesses and maximizes their opportunities to participate in Corps procurement, ensuring a broad base of capable suppliers to support the Corps' mission and strengthen the nation's economic development. The Small Business Program seeks Women Owned, 8(a), Historically Underutilized Business Zone Empowerment (HubZone) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses, as well as Historical Black Colleges and Universities, and Minority Institutions that are interested in doing business with the federal government.